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What is your favorite genre?

The Literary Elements Summer Reading Club posed this question to participants: What is your favorite genre, and why? Here are some of the answers…

Contemporary Fiction/Novels: It helps to see ordinary people navigating through life and relationships.”

Fiction: Of course, like any fiction lover, I love being transplanted somewhere else. I love seeing characters develop and especially enjoy the connection when an author captures a feeling, place or experience I can relate to directly.

Mysteries/Suspense: I love guessing and trying to find out who did it.”

I tend to enjoy the philosophical genre most when reading. I think I like it because it generally includes many stories that touch on the functions of people and their roles in society. It covers much about ethics and morals and the experiences of many.”

Mysteries: I like a plot that has some suspense to it, and an element of surprise. I like the setting to be pre-WWII.”

746.43: I like to keep up with the latest in knitting techniques and styles.

While I enjoy fiction of all types, I always like to read a good mystery novel. I like mysteries both set in modern times or historical. It’s fun to decipher the clues, see what you missed in reading, and come to a satisfying conclusion.”

My favorite genre is realistic fiction. For example, any works by Alexander McCall Smith are amazing—especially the No. 1 Ladies Detective Series, because the characters are relatable and I also learn about new places. The series takes place in Botswana, so I feel like I get a cultural lesson each time!

Romance: I love love.”

My favorite genre is fantasy. Books like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings I greatly enjoy and could read multiple times. The back story, history, names, fantasy elements and story are unforgettable and resonate well after you’re finished putting it down. The way I would describe it is ‘completely delectable’.

Mystery novels ideally have both the characters and atmosphere of fiction, and the intrigue of figuring out the plot’s secret.

Humorous fiction: everyone needs a good laugh.”

Fiction: because I like getting into a different world and immersed in someone else’s life/situation.”

I like literary fiction. These books are intriguing, give me something to think about and introduce me to interesting people and places. Examples: Stoner, by John Williams, describes the life of a college professor beginning with his life on a farm, spanning the era of WWI and ending with his death. It’s an amazing story.”

Since I retired, I now have time to read for pleasure. I discovered Mysteries! I especially like those with cat themes, cooking/baking themes, and needlework themes. It’s great if I find a series, and I like to read the books in order. For example, ‘The Cat Who…’ series by Lillian Jackson Braun, is like visiting a dear friend.”




Posted by Barbara | 22 Jul 2014 | Comments Off

Nadine Gordimer (November 20, 1923 – July 13, 2014)

 Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. Under the South African apartheid regime, her works Burger’s Daughter and July’s People were banned. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement and joined the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned. At one point she hid fleeing Party leaders in her home Post-apartheid, she was active in HIV/AIDS causes.

Gordimer helped Nelson Mandela edit his famous speech “I Am Prepared To Die“, given from the defendant’s dock at the trial.When Mandela was released from prison in 1990, Gordimer was one of the first people he wanted to see.

Posted by Barbara | 17 Jul 2014 | Comments Off

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More book reviews from our Summer Reading Club readers:

Dog a NovellaDog: a Novella by Michelle Herman

This book is a reflection that the protagonist, Jill, goes through when she impulsively adopts a dog. Middle-aged, single, currently living in the Midwest working as a professor and poet, Jill has settled into a routine with her life. After she adopts a dog she names Phil, she reflects on her past, changes that she makes after bringing Phil into her life and love.

Slow SexSlow Sex by Nicole Daedone

I have read this book in parts over the years. It is a useful reminder to stay in close intimacy with oneself and one’s partner. Recently I reviewed the section on guidance for men and was touched at how loving the writing was in terms of encouraging men to persevere through women’s conditioned resistance to sexual pleasures.

Mr. MercedesMr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Stephen King has left spooky behind in his last few books. The one goes for the gory inner workings of a misfit mass murderer’s efforts to cause human carnage and the misfit trio who band together like a Scooby crew to hunt him down.

Gifts of ImperfectionThe Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

This was an amazing read during my recent maternity leave. This book helped me to let go of some perfectionist tendencies, dance more, journal and remember “I am enough”! Brene Brown’s TED talk is a must-see too.


Posted by Barbara | 14 Jul 2014 | Comments Off

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